Huawei Australia has announced that it will partner with Sydney-based mental health researcher the Black Dog Institute as its official charity partner for the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) season in partnership with 2019 Grand Finalists the Canberra Raiders.
Huawei Australia is proud to bring the Black Dog Institute on board and have them join the long list of local charities that we have worked with alongside the Canberra Raiders as part of our near decade long sponsorship deal.
Founded in 2002 the Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness, and the promotion of wellbeing.
Huawei Australia will work with the Black Dog Institute throughout the NRL season along with the Canberra Raiders to help drive awareness around mental health issues via an engagement program with Raiders fans at every home NRL match.
In addition, the Black Dog Institute will also be our partner for the NRL Charity Round when the Canberra Raiders will be raising funds for the Black Dog Institute to help further their mental health research and programs.
Lisa Connors, Manager Corporate Relations and Programs of Huawei Australia, said:
“Bringing the Black Dog Institute on board as our NRL charity partner for 2020 gives us the opportunity to help further the cause of one of the most important issues we face in Australia; improving mental health right across our society.
“Even the incredible athletes that we see on display in the NRL every week are not immune to experiencing mental health issues and that’s the message we want to get across to NRL fans this season as part of this campaign.
“We are greatly looking forward to the contribution that we can make over the rest of this season along with the Black Dog Institute and the Canberra Raiders.”
Karen Elliff, the Black Dog Institute’s Director of Fundraising and Development, said:
“We’re really excited to be partnering with Huawei Australia and the Canberra Raiders to expand awareness around mental health issues.
“The delivery of an engagement program at home games will no doubt help build positive mental health skills and start important conversations from those who need to reach out for help.
“Funds raised through this partnership will go towards the continuation of our research and the delivery of evidence-based programs throughout the community.”
Don Furner, CEO of the Canberra Raiders, said:
“The Raiders and Huawei have a proud history of working together to help raise money and awareness for a number of very worthwhile causes and we’re looking forward to adding the Black Dog Institute to this.
“Our club and players are all about putting back into the community and this gives us the opportunity to give some wonderful exposure for the Black Dog Institute who have been working with our major sponsor Huawei.”